100 episodes

The Sustainable Ministry Show - The place where we talk about church, sustainable practices for ministry, and other random subjects that are on our minds. For more about our team, visit ministryarchitects.com

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The Sustainable Ministry Show - The place where we talk about church, sustainable practices for ministry, and other random subjects that are on our minds. For more about our team, visit ministryarchitects.com

    How and when to say goodbye and move on in ministry

    How and when to say goodbye and move on in ministry

    On this episode, Bryant and Melissa talk about the changes coming to the podcast, the lessons they’ve learned over the years, and how to know when it’s time to move on.
    Click here for the full show notes.

    • 27 min
    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 136 - How to welcome families with special needs into your ministry (no budget or extra space required)

    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 136 - How to welcome families with special needs into your ministry (no budget or extra space required)

    On this episode we talk to Kerri-Ann Hayes about ministering to children with special needs including how to make your ministry more accessible even if you have zero budget and no extra space.
    With 1 in 10 kids facing a hidden challenge like autism, ADHD, or anxiety, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss.
    Learn more about the Accessible Church coaching cohort.
    Full Show Notes Here

    • 44 min
    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 135 - How to take your volunteer recruiting from desperate to dynamic

    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 135 - How to take your volunteer recruiting from desperate to dynamic

    On this week’s episode, we walk through some of the best (and worst) ideas we’ve seen when it comes to volunteer recruitment. We’ll cover a wide range of do’s and don’ts as well as some common myths about the best way to get new volunteers to join your team.

    • 42 min
    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 134 - Harnessing the power of your mistakes

    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 134 - Harnessing the power of your mistakes

    On this week’s episode of The Sustainable Ministry Show, we’re talking about what to do when everything goes wrong. We’ve all made mistakes but many times those same failures can hold powerful opportunities for ministry. Learn more about the Volunteer Accelerator here.
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    • 33 min
    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 133 - Big questions most churches never answer about Easter

    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 133 - Big questions most churches never answer about Easter

    On this week’s episode, we tackle the tough questions that every church is facing as Easter approaches:
    What’s the best way to maximize the ministry impact of Easter week? Is it possible for that momentum to multiply even after your final service ends? Click here for a Easter follow-up summary guide based on the ideas in this episode.
    Learn more about the Volunteer Accelerator here.
    Easter - Is what happens before or after more important? 4:24 - Minecraft Easter egg hunt to walk through the story of Jesus. https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/sun-grove-church-minecraft-easter-egg-hunt/ https://sungrove.org/minecraft/ https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Easter-egg-hunt-to-happen-on-Minecraft-15193785.php https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/children-respond-to-gospel-through-minecraft-easter-egg-hunt/ https://www.mycrossroadschurch.com/minecraft-easter-egg-hunt.html 6:41 - Use the pandemic to pause and ask valuable questions about how your church approaches Easter. What are you doing? Why? For whom? 9:27 - Is it possible to create a hybrid Easter experience that appeals and applies to both outsiders and insiders? Creating a hybrid often leads to doing neither one well. 12:03 - Using Easter as an opportunity to engage young families who have not yet returned to church post-COVID. 14:04 - Using Saturday “fun” events as a stepping stone to building relationships with people. Consider reaching people as a marathon, not a sprint. Invite people to come back on Sunday for Easter service, but be OK if they don’t come back right away. Then measure the results and impact of that event on attendance long-term. 15:54 - Churches doing a primarily “fun” event should look and feel a little different from other fun events (e.g., PTA events). They should know us by our love. It should be extraordinary and attractive to people. 16:35 - What are we aiming for people to experience when they come on Easter? Visualize it like a storyboard through someone’s journey: the face of the parking team, the welcome team’s interactions, the connection center with a free coffee card, etc. 19:12 - Baptism on Easter Sunday vs baptism on the weekend after Easter 22:17 - How do you equip and train your people to be at their best on days like Easter when people show up who might only come to church once or twice per year? 27:01 - How do you follow up with people after Easter? At least one contact point within 24 hours of someone filling out a connection card. For Easter, enlist a few extra volunteers into the standard process for follow up to help with the extra influx of people. Suggestions for actions steps to suggest to people when following up. 29:32 - The importance of keeping your connect card simple so as not to overwhelm people. Name, phone, email, and ability to subscribe to the newsletter. 30:00 - Logistical considerations leading up to Easter, for example, reorder connect cards so you have enough! Then equip your ushers to replace and replenish them between services. 30:50 - The personal experience of attending a church for 2 years without being contacted by that church even after filling out many connection cards. Contrasted with a different church where, within 24 hours of visiting had a call from the associate pastor just wanted to connect and hear more about them and their family. 35:14 - Do the people your serving feel known, cared for, and recognized? This can be the thing that makes the difference in your ministry! Remember that a connection card is a person that you worked and prayed for! Not just a number. We need to be good stewards of the people God blesses us with. Many people are shocked if a pastor reaches out to them. The care for people must be genuine or people will be able to tell. 37:15 - Application Question: Look at your church staff and ask, “How does the time, energy, and effort that we’re pouring into preparation for Easter similar to the time and effort we

    • 40 min
    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 132 Meeting the New Unicorn

    The Sustainable Ministry Show Episode 132 Meeting the New Unicorn

    New year, new leadership - and where are those rainbows coming from? On this week’s episode, the team interviews the new President of Ministry Architects, Trey Wince, to talk about his vision for moving the church forward.

    • 39 min

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bnkirkland ,

Love Ministry Architects and Love This Podcast!!

Podcasts are truly that last free thing. What Ministry Architects brings to the table here is helpful for all those who want to do ministry better AND more sustainably. So many of us are building the boat as we sail, and the podcast can help us get solid ground under our feet. I love that!

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Lots of wisdom, insight and encouragement here being offered for FREE. I love the way MA thinks and how they translate ideas into practice.

Mrau627 ,

So Fun

So I get to be on this podcast with two fantastic and brilliant guys who love the Lord and love partnering with folks from all over the country to do ministry. And we talk about what we've learned doing the work we do, how we've messed up and learned from the mistakes we've made (especially earlier on in our own ministries), and we share all the amazing stories we've gathered from all over—stories of inspiration and success. We have lots of fun, and I can't remember recording one episode that laughter wasn't a part of it. So give it a listen and let us know what you think. We love getting ideas for topics and success stories to share with others. Drop me an email.

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